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ILO pledges financial support to Zimbabwe

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THE International Labour Organisation (ILO) has pledged to provide financial resources to assist Zimbabwe to urgently implement recommendations of its 2009 commission of inquiry into labour rights abuses.

By Christopher Mahove
Own Correspondent

This was revealed last Friday by Cleopatra Doumbia Henry, the leader of an ILO high-technical mission that visited the country last week to assess the country’s capacity to harmonise its labour relations in line with international trends.

“We have noticed that the government is trying to implement every one of the six recommendations, but there is a problem of resources.

“They have made progress but the question is the speed at which they are implementing the reforms,” she said.

Henry said the Labour Court, which had increased the number of judges, had asked for more training to equip them and help them expedite the issuance of judgments
She, however, said the fact that they had been allowed to meet with various arms of government showed that Harare respected the ILO fundamental principles and was committed to fully implement its recommendations.

“I think the fact that we met with various government departments at the highest levels is a sign that the government is committed.

“We were able to meet with the Police Commissioner-General, the Prosecutor-General, the Judiciary Services Commission and senior officials from the Office of the President and Cabinet and we were able to engage constructively with the view to move to implement the recommendations,” she said.

She said her mission was happy that the government had dropped most of the outstanding cases against trade union leaders and activists.

“We were also able to review a number of outstanding cases related to anti-union and note the progress made to resolve most of these cases,” she said.

The Attorney General’s office has since dropped nine of the eleven cases against trade union leaders and activists who were arrested while exercising their trade union duties.

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